The Zondervan Essential Atlas of the Bible by Carl G. Rasmussen (2013) is a small (159 pages) yet very dense, visually impressive, and user friendly Bible atlas.

The book is divided between a ‘Geographical’ section, and a ‘Historical’ section and contains 200 multidimensional maps and full color images, uses modern mapping technologies, and is full of chronological charts, background information, and much more.

Essential Atlas is an excellent tool for both personal study of scripture and for preaching and teaching. For preachers who like to paint a picture of the geographical and historical contexts of the scripture they are unpacking, this would be a great resource. At the back of the atlas there is both a scripture and a subject index which adds to the ease of use and its value for teaching and preaching.

The photo’s used throughout the atlas are excellent and incredibly interesting. For those of us who have never travelled overseas, and may not get to, these pictures give us a glimpse into the places we’ve only read about in the Bible. The great number of maps are also very helpful in giving a visual of the battles, borders, and journeys we find in scripture.

I would definitely recommend the Zondervan Essential Atlas of the Bible as a useful reference tool for anyone who is serious about digging deeper into the world we imagine in our minds eye as we read or hear scripture read. This book will definitely enhance your study of scripture and understanding of its history and cultural context.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. 


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